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Photo taken by contributor Cla-c, a 45-year-old wife and mother of four who was diagnosed with Cyclothymia a year ago. She has battled severe depression, paranoia, and fearfulness throughout her life, and has always felt like an outcast. After she lost a much loved cousin to suicide, she knew she had to face her demons. Growing up in Africa in the 70’s and 80’s, going to a therapist was not part of the culture. Instead of dealing with her feelings and shame related to childhood trauma, she merely existed. She never felt like she had a voice, something that she struggles with even today. Her sensitivity has at times led her to isolate, which is especially challenging as a portrait photographer. She has come to both fear and love people at the same time. Today, she has a small but amazing support system. She dreams of having a cabin in the woods with the butterflies.

About this photo:


I should have been born earlier,
much earlier 
some other time.
a Time when I mattered,
I often sit and dream about that time,
I can dream, can’t I?
Born to a different time a different place,
A place I would have mattered.”


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8 comments on “Vintage

  1. rothpoetry
    October 18, 2016

    A beautiful Poem and a wonderful portrait that captures the perfection of the soul!


  2. Thomas Slatin
    October 18, 2016

    Wow! This photograph is a beautiful masterpiece! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  3. autisticaplanet
    October 19, 2016

    Dramatic photo. I have felt the same way-born out of time. I have come to find out and trust that God had me born when I was for a reason. I trust Him to help me fully understand that reason, now and in eternity. I think all the negative stuff that pours out of man has always been and always will be, but we can’t turn to passivity. Keep clicking!


    • Cla-c
      October 20, 2016

      thank you Dear autisticaplanet xx I agree.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. pamelarichardson8
    October 24, 2016

    What a stunningly lovely portrait, and an achingly beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing!


  5. Cla-c
    October 25, 2016

    thank you so much dear xx


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